Norway: Lofoten Fantastic Fjords 2018

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LOFOTEN FANTASTIC FJORDS: THE AURORA EDITION

Join us on this tour of the Norwegian Lofoten archipelago. Lofoten is known for a distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands. The landscapes, seascapes, villages, mountains, cliffs and fjords make for breathtaking photo ops. With a tiny bit of luck we will even photograph the Aurora Borealis – the northern lights.

Photographic Themes

Landscape, seashore, aurora, villages, mountains, culture, people, cliffs, fjords

Places in this tour

Lofoten, Svolvær, Laukvik, Raftsundet, Digermulen, Reine, Henningsvær, Hamnøy, Nusfjord, Sakrisøy, Eggum

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Lofoten

You will arrive during the day, by plane or boat/ferry in Svolvær although this way of travelling will mean that you arrive in Svolvær quite late. Better to come a day earlier. The flight from Bødo to Svolvaer takes around half an hour. We will pick you up and transfer you to our accommodation on the seafront in Svolvær. In the early evening we meet for introductions, a tour briefing and one wonderful welcome dinner.

Dinner and overnight in Henningsvær

Day 2: Svolvær and Austvåg Island

Today we will explore Svolvær and eastern part of Lofoten; Laukvik, Raftsundet, Digermulen etc. A key feature are the impressive flakes where row after row of cod hang to dry. Located in an area comprising sea, derelict houses, fishing docks and sea birds, this is a very rich area for photography. Following dinner we leave for an evening to midnight road trip on north side of the Austvåg Island to photograph the sunset in some of the beautiful bays and inlets.

Dinner and overnight in the Svolvær

Day 3: Scenic Drive to Sakrisøy

This morning we set out for Sakrisøy where we will spend our next four nights. An early stop is Henningsvær fishing village situated at the foot of Mount Vågakaillen. Consisting of a group of isles and islets spread out at random in the blue waters of the Vestfjord there can be perfect reflections of the bay with a mountain backdrop to make for some special images. We lunch in a small traditional cafe in the village Unstad. The remainder of the short journey to Reine will be punctuated by several photography stops for this road is one of the most scenic in the whole of Norway. No doubt we will stop in Hamnøy, a tiny idyllic fishing village surrounded by mountains that reflect dramatically in the sea. Hamnøy is right next to a ‘drive-in bird cliff’ like a crack in the rock where the calling Kittiwakes echo between mountain walls. After settling into our accommodation at Reine we take an evening photographic stroll around this fascinating area.

Dinner and overnight in the Sakrisøy

Day 4: Birds, Boats and Caves

Sunrise comes early at this time of the year and there are some spectacular images to be had overlooking Reine or indeed right from the front veranda of our accommodation! Late afternoon time we leave by boat from Reine for a photographically inspiring trip around the southern tip of Lofoten; our destination the caveat Refsvika. On the way we will pass abandoned fishing villages and sail through Moskenesstraumen (The Maelstrom) a system of tidal eddies and whirlpools, some of the strongest in the world. The current attracts whales, seals and white-tailed eagles. Upon landing we walk along the coast to the Kollhellaren cave with 3000-year-old wall paintings. The cave is 50 metres high and reaches 115 metres into the mountain, it is quite magical. The beach below the cave is very scenic in the late evening sun. The boat trip and walk around six hours.

Dinner and overnight in the Sakrisøy

Day 5: Midnight Cruise Reine Fjord

This morning we will wander around at the local area or for some picture editing and individual tuition. After lunch we join the ferry in Reine for a trip across the fjord to Vindstad. From here it’s easy walking around the village or along the fjord. There are lots of traditional houses and sea birds. For the energetic there is walk across a low ridge to the interesting Bunes beach (Bunesstranda) on the north-west side of the island. We return by boat to the Reine fjord surrounded by jagged mountain peaks in time for sunset and dinner in a local restaurant.

Dinner and overnight in the Sakrisøy

Day 6: Flakstad

The morning will be spent in and around Reine. perhaps revisiting locations of interest.In the afternoon we drive North to Flakstad. Located near the southern end of the Lofoten archipelago, Flakstad comprises all of the island of Flakstadøya and the northern part of the island of Moskenesøya. The islands are connected by the Fredvang Bridges and the Kåkern Bridge. The large lake Solbjørnvatnet lies on the northern part of Moskenesøya in Flakstad. This is a most striking area with mountains framing the classic white sand of Skagsanden beach. To the left of the beach are interesting rocks and to the right is Flakstad church. Lake Solbjørnvatnet is often home to Black Throated Divers. If the weather is fine we will enjoy an evening BBQ on Skagsanden beach.

Dinner and overnight in the Sakrisøy

Day 7: Nusfjord, Eggum and Svolvær

We will start our return journey to Svolvær after breakfast. We will take a different route including the scenic fishing village at Nusfjord one of Norway’s most authentically preserved fishing villages. Here there is a Kittiwake colony, and many other seabird have their nests in and around the wooden fishing Rorbus. Time and weather permitting we will visit the dramatic nature reserve at Eggum.

Dinner and overnight in the Svolvær

Day 8: Svolvær, Sea Eagles and Trollfjorden

The morning is spent in the local area; museums, the aquarium, Lofoten Cathedral, birdlife, the impressive flakes where the cod hang to dry are all in walking distance. After lunch we will board our Zodiac and head out to the magnificent Trollfjorden a dramatic steep sided fjord. This was once a busy fishing harbour due to it’s protection from the prevailing winds and weather. Troll Fjord is famous for the Battle of Troll Fjord which took place here in 1880. The battle was between fishermen in steam-driven fishing boats and fishermen in ‘fembøringer’ (boats with sails and oars for five oarsmen)The landscape is very spectacular with great opportunities for photographing the eagles.

Dinner and overnight in the Svolvær

Day 9: Transfers to Ferry/Airport

Following breakfast we transfer to the ferry/airport.

DETAILS

Title: Norway: Lofoten Fantastic Fjords 2018
Start: Sep 08 2018
Duration: 8 nights / 9 days
Location: Lofoten, Norway
Language(s): English, German
Host(s): Chris Marquardt, Tim Vollmer
Max Participants: 10
Price: from 4950 EUR

Single Supplement: 490 EUR

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How physical is this workshop/tour?


Rating for Norway: Lofoten Fantastic Fjords 2018:



This tour is generally not too physical, but it is planned to contain one mountain walk of about 6 hours to get to the Refsvik cave.

Legend:
easy (mostly in and around the classroom)
light (some walks, mostly easy terrain, no flip-flops please)
moderate (includes usually optional walks over mixed terrain, suitable shoes and clothing required if not mentioned otherwise)
heavy (includes trekking, hiking boots, altitude under about 10,000 ft)
very heavy (think trekking at altitude, Himalayan tours)

If you have questions about details, please don't hesitate to contact me any time via email at chris@chrismarquardt.com, on Twitter @chrismarquardt or on Facebook

Single participants must book single supplement.

The tour begins and terminates in Svolvær, Norway.
Begin: Sep 08 2018
End: Sep 16 2018

Questions?

If you have any questions about this tour, please don't hesitate to email me chris@chrismarquardt.com. You can also reach me on Twitter @chrismarquardt or on Facebook.

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OTHER INFOS

Included

  • all accommodation: 8 hotel nights
  • all meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • all transportation during the tour
  • transfers from/to airport/ferry
  • 3 Boat Trips:
  • Boat trip with RIB Zodiac and guide to Moskstraumen and a mountain walk to the Refsvik cave (6 hrs)
  • Boat trip with RIB Zodiac and guide to Reinefjorden and walk to the Bunesstranden beach (3 hrs)
  • Boat trip with RIB Zodiac and guide to Trollfjorden including sea eagle safari (2 hrs)

Not Included

  • Airfare and ground transportation to Lofoten
  • Alcohol
  • Tips
  • Anything that's not explicitly mentioned above
  • Single supplement (for single participants)

Pricing and Payment

To reserve your spot on the workshop, a non-refundable deposit of EUR 1000 is required. The balance payment is due 5 months before the start of the tour. You will receive a separate invoice for this. Registrations after that date will receive an invoice over the full price. Prices are per person in double room.

Single Supplement

Prices are per person in a double room. Single travelers must pay single supplement: [to be determined]

Social Media

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Accomodation

We will stay in good hotels, for example the Sakrisøy Rorbuer

Expected Light

We expect amazing light on this tour, as it's the summer soltice, so the sun won't settle at night. This means you can get take breathtaking photos with beautiful warm light 24/7. It doesn't get better than that!

Author: Chris Marquardt



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Shoe pictograms 1 and 2 by Alex Podolsky under a CC BY 3.0 US license